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Packing Tips

  • Tenting Gear Essentials

    Humans camp to connect with nature but let’s face it, certain necessities help to make for more carefree trips.

    If you are new to the tent camping experience, you and your family may want to borrow or rent some items. Keep this in mind: The more you camp, the less you may need. It’s a common mistake to overpack when you start out.

    Below is a list of suggested items for a well prepared camping excursion – just grab your tent and go!

    TarpSleeping bag(s) and sleeping pad/inflatable mattressPillows (pack comfortable pillows if you are driving in – you won’t regret the decision; double up the pillowcases for extra protection)Headlamp and flashlight (and extra batteries); headlamps for kidsFolding camp chairsCamp table (...
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  • First Aid Tips for Campers

    Important considerations regarding first aid for camping are to be prepared, have a plan and be aware of your surroundings.

    When it comes to first aid kits you can purchase ready-made ones and/or add to a kit or assemble your own. Make sure the kit itself is in or has a waterproof pack and note that most purchased kits in Canada do not come with pharmaceutical products.

    Pack the kit accordingly for where you will be camping, how many campers will be on the trip, and if the kit will be in your backpack (thus a weight consideration). Invest in a first aid booklet and learn basic CPR. The Canadian Red Cross and St. John Ambulance offer a variety of emergency courses, including wilderness first aid.

    Remember t...

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  • Tips for Novice Campers

    If you are new to tent camping and RVing, consider yourself inexperienced or haven’t been since you were a child you may be nervous or hesitant about it, particularly if you are trying this as a family.

    Before you decide where to go think about your goals for the trip. Is it simply to figure the camping thing out and spend quality couple or family time together at a campground, or is it also to explore the park surroundings, visit local communities and attractions or to try a new watersport or activity?

    Here are some top camping tips for novices and first-t...

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  • Setting Up Your Tent Site & Leaving Camp

    Being organized at the campsite will mean fewer problems and more time to relax, unwind and explore. Knowing how to set up your tent before you arrive is a must. Practice at home, watch a video online and have the instructions handy upon arrival at the campsite (some tents will have instructions attached to a flap or printed on the tent bag).

    OK – you have your spot, and you are ready to unload the car and/or backpacks. Now what?

    Setting Up Your Tent Campsite

    Designate areas:

    Tent area: Many campsites have set areas for tents. If not, or if you have room to play with, pick a spot with some shade and try to locate a flat and smooth surface (not at the bottom of a slope where water can collect.) Clear the ground of any rocks and twigs and keep in mind where the tent opening will be and proximity to th...

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